The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum includes a collection of U.S. space artifacts second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow. This unique collection allows the Cosmosphere to tell the story of the Space Race better than any museum in the world while offering fully immersive education experiences that meet the Next Generation Science Standards and introduce students to the power of wondering—asking the critical questions that lead to discovery. The Cosmosphere also features the Carey Digital Dome Theater offering documentary showings daily and recently-released feature films on weekends; the newly renovated Justice Planetarium and Dr. Goddard’s Lab, where visitors experience live science demonstrations daily.
I can't believe we stumbled upon such an amazing place! We were doing a cross country road trip and I wanted to see an SR-71. That is how we found the Cosmosphere, but it is so much more! The museum is so well done, the story of the space program from all sides is so well told. From Hitler in the V-1 and V-2 Rockets, through the cold war, and the space race, right up to modern day. This museum is amazing and I highly encourage you to spend at least 3-5 hours exploring, it is well worth it.
I so wanted to give this place 5 stars. Our family enjoyed it enough but it's very boring for little kids. There wasn't enough interactive exhibits. The museum had loads of info to read on the walls which was hard to stop and do with children running around. The documentary about aircraft carriers was SO boring I almost fell asleep. I looked around and there were other kids napping. Justice planetarium and Goddard's lab shows were a little better.
I severely underestimated how long it would take to see everything on the all access pass. We easily spent 5 hours between all of the events, and probably could have spent an additional 30 or 60 minutes in the museum if we had time in our schedule. My 4 year-end had a lot of fun in the museum and Dr. Goddard's Lab, and didn't mind the dome theater documentary and planetarium. All of the employees were polite and helpful. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who has any interest in rockets or space exploration. Bring a jacket; some areas get cold.
What an amazing experience. The museum alone can take you several hours to go through, then there's the imax as well as Dr. Goddard's lab (kids loved the explosions and demos). Really got my daughter excited about science.
FYI it's free for active duty military memorial day thru labor day. It was a really nice museum with a lot of history. I am not a huge space buff, but I did gain a new appreciation after reading about the history. It was an enjoyable experience.